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Intellectual capital in action: evidence from Italian local governments

Francesca Manes Rossi (Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy)
Francesca Citro (Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy)
Marco Bisogno (Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 10 October 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

Intellectual capital (IC) is attracting increasing attention from scholars and practitioners in the private sector, while research in the public sector is still in its embryonic stage, especially in regards to local governments. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap by channelling conceptual and empirical findings from the large body of IC literature.

Design/methodology/approach

The research investigates IC in action in the local government domain. A survey has been carried out involving both managers and politicians of all Italian local governments (ILGs) with more than 40,000 inhabitants. In order to define the constituents of each IC dimension perceived by ILGs, principal component analysis was used in investigating the results.

Findings

Results highlights how IC components are perceived in ILGs: human capital is a combination of aptitudes in pursuing target performances, sense of ownership and motivations; relational capital is a combination of values, relationships and acts; structural capital includes procedures and routines supporting the decision-making process, the ability of achieving objectives and handling changes.

Research limitations/implications

While the research findings are limited due to being based on a survey in a single country, they present opportunities for future research regarding further testing of how IC is perceived in LGs in different context. The conclusion could be beneficial also for standard setters, providing a path to support the IC disclosure by LGs.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to a narrow strand of research – IC in LGs – adding new knowledge in “IC in action” research stream.

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Citation

Manes Rossi, F., Citro, F. and Bisogno, M. (2016), "Intellectual capital in action: evidence from Italian local governments", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 696-713. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIC-01-2016-0011

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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